Newcastle are interested in signing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan for the rest of the season… but Tony Cascarino thinks the transfer is a bad idea

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Former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t the man to save Newcastle from relegation.

As exclusively revealed by Mirror Football, the Magpies have contacted Arsenal to discuss signing the Gabon international, 32, on loan.

The potential deal includes a view to buy Aubameyang for £20million in the summer, although that’s unlikely to be activated if Newcastle drop into the Championship.

The Toon are currently 19th in the Premier League with just 11 points and one win to their name this season.

Affording Aubameyang’s reported £350,000-a-week salary will not be a problem for Newcastle, who were taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium in October.

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Newcastle are interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season
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He’s also got an outstanding record in front of goal, finding the back of the net more than 300 times for club and country during his career and winning the Premier League golden boot in 2018-19.

Despite Aubameyang’s impressive CV, Cascarino doesn’t think he’s the type of player to relish a relegation scrap.

“He’s someone who is not in the Arsenal first-team, let’s get that right,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“Do you want a player who is going to show commitment, running, doing all the ugly stuff in the game that you’re going to need to survive? Does he do that very well? I’d say that’s the worst part of his game.

“Is he a quality footballer that can turn a game in a moment? At his best, yes. But when has he last done that regularly?

“Not very often this season, even towards the end of last season. I don’t see this deal being a good one for Newcastle at all.

“I think it will be more of an air of is Aubameyang doing Newcastle a favour and I probably think, no, he’s not going to be doing them a favour.”

Aubameyang appears to be heading for the exit at Arsenal after falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.

The striker, who will play in this month’s Africa Cup of Nations, hasn’t featured since the 2-1 defeat to Everton in December and was recently stripped of the captaincy.







Newcastle manager Eddie Howe desperately needs reinforcements in the January transfer window
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Speaking about potential transfers last month, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said: “Wait and see, I can’t give you promises on that at the moment.

“As I’ve said before, there’s people above me who are working and looking at that. My focus is the team. A lot of games coming up and that is where it has to be.

“But we’ll wait and see. January, as I said many many times, is notoriously difficult to predict and to have a clear plan at this moment is still virtually impossible because there’s twists and turns to come.

“The group of players we have here is my and has been my main focus, will continue to be my main focus because as you say, getting the best out of every single one of those players is the key to us staying up.”

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